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November 17, 2015

Anti-Semitic Conspiracy Theories Crop Up In Wake Of Paris Attacks

In the after­math of the wave of coordinated ter­ror attacks across Paris, con­spir­acy the­o­ries linking Jews or Israel with the attacks have begun to sur­face in the U.S and abroad.


Tweet from Iranian news channel Al-Alam

Supposed links between Israel and the Paris attacks have been discussed in international media outlets:

  • Iran’s Fars News Agency (FNA) published a report on November 16 that read in part: “After the terrorist attacks in Paris, it was once again confirmed that French Jews were informed that the tragedy would happen. Just as it happened in the September 11 attacks 14 years ago, when Jews working in the Twin Towers did not attend to work.” The report added that “Zionist officials wanted to exploit [the attacks] to achieve their specific goals.” The report listed several conspiratorial theories about Jewish responsibility for the September 11 attacks.
  • On November 14, Egypt-based Al-Asima TV interviewed Colonel Hatem Saber as an expert on international terrorism to comment on the Paris attacks. Saber suggested that Israel stands behind the terrorist attacks in Paris because France agreed to provide Egypt with arms, which was considered threatening to Israel.
  • A cartoon tweeted by the Iranian news channel Al-Alam on November 17, shows Israeli PM Netanyahu putting an explosive vest on an ISIS terrorist in the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower.


    Tweet from Qatari newspaper Al-Arab

  • A cartoon depicting Israel as the driving force behind the attack was published in Qatar’s Al-Arab newspaper on November 17 and circulated on Twitter. It shows Israel as the ultimate operator of the small figure in the picture, which represents terror.

These theories about the Paris attacks are similar to past conspiracies that have been circulated in the Middle East about Israel being behind ISIS.

In the U.S., fringe anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rists, who rarely miss an oppor­tu­nity to exploit tragedies to pro­mote their hatred of Jews, blamed Jews or Israel for the attacks, much as they did after the January terror attacks in Paris.

  • Mark Glenn, a vir­u­lently anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist, posted an image on his blog The Ugly Truth on November 15 of a dog thinking “All the ISIS guys smell like Mossad” in a post titled “France should have beefed up anti-terror laws.”  In a November 16 post on the attacks, Glenn wrote “Until people begin to grasp this simple fact, that there is no such thing as a ‘good Jew’, and that Judaism–AT ITS CORE AND FROM THE MOMENT OF ITS INCEPTION–is and has been the embodiment of religiously-induced mental illness, the world will continue to march at break-neck speed towards its own destruction, the people of the Middle East being its first victims, and then everyone else, one by one, taking their turn as well.”
  • On November 16 in Vet­er­ans Today, a U.S.-based web­site that presents anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­ries as news, a Pakistani contributor named Sajjad Shuakat wrote in an article titled “Is Israel Behind Paris Attacks?” that “…we are living in a world of Zionist-controlled media which is very strong and whatever it release [sic] by concealing truth and propagating Israeli interests as part of the disinformation, impress the politicians and general masses in the whole world.”


    Retweet from anti-Israel activist Mary Hughes-Thompson

  • Kevin Bar­rett, an anti-Semitic con­spir­acy the­o­rist and fre­quent con­trib­u­tor to Iran’s Eng­lish lan­guage pro­pa­ganda news net­work, Press TV, wrote a November 13 arti­cle in Vet­er­ans Today titled “Another French False Flag?” In the article Barrett states that “Since we now know the Charlie Hebdo attack was a…false flag by the usual suspects (NATO hardliners and Zionists), can we safely make the same assumption about these new Friday the 13th Paris atrocities? I think we can.” Barrett added “The first question, as always, is: Who gains? And the answer, as always, is: Authoritarian insiders. Zionists. Militarists. Islamophobes. New World Order-Out-Of-Chaos freaks.”
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Tweet from anti-Israel activist Mary Hughes-Thompson

At least one anti-Israel activist also linked Jews and Israel to the attacks:

  • On November 14, Anti-Israel activist Mary Hughes-Thompson, co-founder of the Free Gaza Move­ment, tweeted that “I haven’t accused Israel of involvement. Still, Bibi [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu] is upset about the European settlement boycott. So who knows.” She also posted a cartoon on her Twitter page depicting an anti-Semitic caricature of a Jewish man saying “Merci [Thank you]” to an ISIS fighter, with the comment that “Everything is working out as planned. Soon those White goyim will be on their knees.”

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October 29, 2015

Moroccan Group Stands Against Anti-Semitism At Pro-Palestinian Rally


Screenshot from Moroccan newspaper article about the petition

A group calling themselves “Moroccan citizens united against incitement to kill Jews in Morocco” organized a petition to protest the anti-Semitic message of the “Al-Aqsa Intifada march,” a pro-Palestinian rally held on October 25, in the Moroccan city of Casablanca.

The pro-Palestinian rally drew international media attention for featuring men dressed as Orthodox Jews being led at gunpoint by masked men wearing keffiyehs.

Reportedly, the petition against anti-Semitism stated, “Even though it is of course every citizen’s right to publicly manifest their support for a cause that they consider just, it is obviously illegal to call for someone’s death because of their religious beliefs. ” The petition also noted that scenes from the protest are spreading fear among the Jewish community in Morocco and across the world. It reads in part, “Such anti-Semitic acts are a threat to the security and the safety of Moroccan Jews and a threat to [the principles of] co-existence in the country. It is also against values of pluralism and tolerance which are enforced by the supreme law of the Kingdom, which recognizes the Hebrew component as an essential part of the Moroccan identity.”

According to local Moroccan news sources, more than three thousand Moroccans already signed the petition, which called upon the Ministers of Interior and Justice to bring their attention to the rally, and hold accountable those responsible for its anti-Semitic scenes.

Mouna Izddine, a spokesperson for the group, which organized the petition, told a Moroccan newspaper, “The images reported by media outlets challenge the type of social example we are trying to provide for our children. As Moroccans, regardless of our faith, we want to live in peace and harmony.”

The violent anti-Semitic message of the pro-Palestinian march in Casablanca raised concern as well for the safety of the Jewish community in Morocco. Jews in Morocco have a rich history dating back thousands of years. They have enjoyed great support from the royal family, and Moroccan society has traditionally been relatively accepting of the Moroccan Jewish community.

The petition organizers provide a valuable learning opportunity about tolerance and the fight against anti-Semitism. By standing up against expressions of hate that target fellow Jews, under the guise of supporting Palestinians, those Moroccans who signed the petition send a clear message not only to their fellow Moroccan Jews but also to the world at large. Their message is loud and clear; voices of reason cannot be silent in the face of hate.

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November 10, 2014

Social Media Campaign Glorifies & Encourages Car Terror Against Israelis

Update – 11/19/14: ADL has contacted Facebook about this issue, and they have been responsive.

In the past two weeks, “run over” car attacks by Palestinian terrorists have resulted in the death and injury of several Israeli civilians. These terrorist attacks have inspired a social media campaign praising them as a form of resistance, encouraging others to perpetrate similar attacks and featuring violent expressions of anti-Semitism.

The campaign uses the Arabic term “Daes” [Run-over], which is a play on the Arabic word “Daesh” [ISIS]. Currently, there are approximately 90 Facebook pages dedicated to this abhorrent campaign, some with thousands of followers.

Some of the posts on these pages describe the “run-overs” as part of a new revolution; a form of “car Intifada.”A poem posted on November 5 on one of the Facebook pages reads, “When the car becomes a weapon…and kills a murderer Zionist… this means the revolution is coming.” Some pages include pictures of terrorist after they ran over Israelis and were killed by authorities, along with prayers asking for the “martyr” to “ascend to the heavenly paradise.”

Many of the comments found on these pages describe “run-over” operations as a response to Israel’s alleged attack on Jerusalem. For example, one image depicts a car running over Israeli soldiers with a caption reading, “running over for the sake of Jerusalem.”

Other Facebook pages include anti-Semitic posts depicting religious Jews with hooked noses running away from vehicles attempting to run-over them.

The campaign even has its own theme song and video, called “Run-over this settler,” which has been shared on many of the Facebook pages. The song, first uploaded to YouTube on November 6, is sung by a duo calling upon Palestinians to run over their enemy: “Run over, sabotage, destroy, explode and don’t let the Zionist reconstruct…oh Aqsa we are your guards.”

The song also includes the names of some of the terrorists who carried out “run-over” attacks, calling on their mothers to express happiness because their sons are now martyrs in heaven. It also calls upon others to “terrify [Israelis] with red blood… Strengthen your heart and be careful not to have mercy over them.”

The campaign is starting to spread on Twitter as well; the Arabic hashtag “Daes” has attracted numerous posts celebrating terrorism. For example, one Tweet reads, “Nothing is more beautiful than a run-over, lest stabbing.” Another Tweet features Ibrahim Akkawi, a driver killed by Israeli forces after carrying out a “run-over” attack in Jerusalem last week. A comment on Akkawi’s picture reads, “Starting with tonight, you will run-over them with nightmares.”

The campaign is the latest example of how social media is used to incite and glorify terrorism.



Profile picture on several Facebook pages reading, “Cars intifada ‘Daes'”


An anti-Semitic cartoon shared on several “Daes” Facebook pages



Facebook profile picture depicting iconic Dome of the Rock as a car for attacks



An image circulated on Facebook promoting vehicular violence



Anti-Semitic cartoon promoting recent car attacks in Jerusalem with hashtag “Daes”



Anti-Semitic cartoon featured on a Facebook page with Arabic term for “To run over”

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